Backcountry skiing involves certain risks and is often practised in isolated areas. It is therefore particularly important to check whether your insurance covers this activity. Most of the time, insurers consider backcountry skiing an extreme sport, and an additional premium is required.
Membership in the Fédération québécoise de la montagne et de l’escalade (FQME), an organization that promotes backcountry skiing in Québec, includes liability, accident and disability insurance as well as emergency medical transportation, all of which are valid throughout Canada.
In addition to avoiding incurring astronomical costs for an emergency evacuation, becoming a member of the FQME gives you access to their sites and supports the organization in developing the territory and improving site accessibility.
Note that you must be a Québec resident to become an FQME member. For more information, visit the FQME website (in French only).